#W. Somerset Maugham
Celeb Graphology (Alleged Spies and Criminals)
My goal is neither to judge these people, nor to promote their actions (nor am I saying these people are morally equivalent)... also, some are wrongly accused of being criminals, and some are wrongly portrayed as spies in sensationalistic “biographies”.
But still, a look at the writing of these people should help determine their motivations and mindsets (and in some cases, whether or not they “did it”):
Whether Mata Hari (stay away from her Wikipedia page if you’re at work- or a minor- by the way... unencyclopedically NSFW) was a spy or a scapegoat is still disputed.
The problems of Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod (her real name) were much the same as the difficulties of Jane Fonda six decades later. MacLeod’s life was going all right until her father went bankrupt in 1889, then then her mother died in 1891, then her father remarried and the family fell apart.
From this comes her tendency toward depression (downward slant), but she, unlike Fonda, appears to have identified more with her father, as the writing of most Edwardian men was more flowery than this. This is direct, efficient and businesslike... she may well have disapproved of her stepmother (again, widowed parents must be very careful to consider how new relationships affect their kids).
There are “clubbing” strokes that show a temper (predictable for such a hard life), and indications that she liked to be dominant, but it’s definitely not “sneaky” writing... this is the writing of someone who, if she had something against you, would tell you to your face... someone bluntly honest.
She was smart and organized enough to be a spy, but probably not subtle enough, so I’m leaning toward the “scapegoat” theory.
She did, however, seem quite proud of her “Mata Hari” persona, since she efficiently underlines “Mata” and draws a complementary line over “Hari”.
Unlike Mata Hari, author William Somerset Maugham was a known (and later, avowed) espionage agent during World War I, specifically for the British, and Maugham shows the “sneaky” characteristics I would expect: The serpentine “S” and the “false” m that looks like a “w” (such can be found in my writing sometimes).
Maugham was an orphan at age 10, then was raised by an uncle he disliked. Maugham honored the memory of his mother highly, but on a subconscious level, felt “abandoned”, since a young child does not fully understand such things, hence the left-facing lower zone triangle, which indicates resentment of the mother.
Interestingly, he makes the “W” look more like “lo”, while making the last letter, an “m”, look like a “w”. This is some inversion of time... some eccentric “backward” thinking in otherwise standard cursive... but then again, the ability to pretend to work for ones enemy, convincingly acting as the opposite (”backward”) of what one really is, would be a very useful skill for a spy.
Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone was unquestionably chronically depressed (like Mata Hari), as shown by the downward slant of every single word.
He had a very strong right slant (also in my writing), showing a great need to express himself, and his id’s primary focus, as well as a core part of his identity, was being deceptive, as shown by the serpentine lower zones in his name, plus the “curl of concealment” in the “C” in Capone.
His older brother, James Vincenzo Capone, was a policeman, so Capone was not born into the Mafia, but it’s likely that trickery for its own sake gave him a feeling of power that counteracted his chronic depression, hence his preference for an unlawful profession over a lawful one.
Charles Hirsch “Chuck” Barris hosted a game show in the 1970′s, then wrote a book depicting himself as a CIA assassin, contending that it might or might not be true.
So either he was a wily hoaxer who put one over on everyone, or he was really in the CIA.
Whether he was a harmless prankster or someone with, in his own words, “a dangerous mind” is likely revealed in his signature, and I’m inclined to think the story is (at least partly) true. This is by far the “sneakiest” writing I’ve analyzed (far, far more so than a known prankster like Ashton Kutcher, for instance), so convoluted, so indirect, with so many letters intelligently formed yet misrepresented as other letters or shapes, that I am prepared to say there is at least some truth to the CIA stories.
Perhaps most convincing of all, however, is something non-graphological: He was too smart to be stuck as a cheesy game show host, especially when he had married the niece of William S. Paley, who ran CBS, but also is known to have worked with the CIA in the 1950′s.
The idea that Barris, whose writing shows a very crafty intelligence (and yes, dangerous tendencies) would be stuck on a fourth-rate game show on CBS’s rival, NBC, stretches credulity more than some form of employment with the CIA does, though someone this tricky may well have exaggerated it for book sales.
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La hipocresía, ese concepto con tantas aristas. La hipocresía es la cualidad de quien esconde sus intenciones y verdadera personalidad. Ese ser es un hipócrita. Se muestra de dos modos: la simulación -es decir, mostrar algo distinto de lo que se es, y por otro lado el disimulo, que implica ocultar lo que no se quiere mostrar. Fingir y ocultar.
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